Ted Nugent, if you haven’t yet heard, recently called President Obama an outright subhuman mongrel:
I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.
And in an interview with Dana Bash, Ted Cruz doesn’t condemn Nugent’s racist comment, but simply changes the subject:
BASH: “Jay-Z doesn’t call the president a subhuman mongrel. Is this an appropriate thing to say?”
CRUZ: “I would be willing to bet that the president’s Hollywood friends have said some pretty extreme things.”
This is what the GOP has come to: looking the other way when 1950’s-style red baiting and Nazi phrases like “subhuman mongrel” are directed, from within the party, at the first African American president. And notice that Ted Cruz is not alone here. No one among the Republican leadership is currently condemning this. Not one person.
This might change, of course. But why does political pressure have to be dialed-up on the GOP leadership to get any of them to respond to this? And recall that “subhuman mongrels” is a reference to mixed race people, and was deployed by German antisemites against Jews in the run-up to the Holocaust. Ted Nugent should have no welcome place in any major American political party, and yet here he is, the “hero” of a former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.
How is it that the Republican Party has become so decadent?